Watching the English by Kate Fox

Watching the English

By Kate Fox

  • Release Date: 2005-04-11
  • Genre: Social Science
Score: 4.5
From 21 Ratings
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In "Watching The English" anthropologist Kate Fox takes a revealing look at the quirks, habits and foibles of the English people. She puts the English national character under her anthropological microscope, and finds a strange and fascinating culture, governed by complex sets of unspoken rules and byzantine codes of behaviour. The rules of weather-speak. The ironic-gnome rule. The reflex apology rule. The paranoid-pantomime rule. Class indicators and class anxiety tests. The money-talk taboo and many more ...Through a mixture of anthropological analysis and her own unorthodox experiments (using herself as a reluctant guinea-pig), Kate Fox discovers what these unwritten behaviour codes tell us about Englishness.


  • Interesting dissection of the English

    By Rosy.W
    I've enjoyed this book but because I'm English I won't go over the top with praise! Kate has obviously done a lot of research and her book is insightful, well written, humorous and engaging. If you're English you'll probably squirm a bit when you recognise yourself, as I did, but it's helpful to know that you're not alone in your dis-ease (as Kate has labelled it). I thoroughly recommend this book, I'm going to give my Mum a copy for Christmas.